Two exciting match-ups have been added to the ever-growing UFC 199 pay-per-view.
After his opponent, Lyoto Machida, stepped down from their Middleweight bout at this weekends UFC on Fox card Dan Henderson quickly found himself a new dance partner in Hector Lombard. Also added to the card is former UFC Strawweight title challenger Jessica Penne who takes on on Jessica Andrade.
Henderson (31-14, 8-8 in UFC) was scheduled to face off against former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida in a Middleweight bout this Saturday. However Machida admitted to inadvertantly taking a banned substance and opted out of the fight, knowing he would most likely test positive. Not soon after being removed from the card several Middleweights called out the former Pride champion, yet only one got his wish. That man was Hector Lombard (34-5-1, 3-3 in UFC) who will be making a return back up to Middleweight after going 2-1-(1 NC) in the UFC’s Welterweight division. Both men are looking to get back into the win column after Henderson suffered a first round knckout loss to Vitor Belfort in their rubber match, along with Lombard falling to Neil Magny by third round TKO.
In the battle of the Jessica’s, Penne (12-3, 1-1 in UFC) will be making her return to the Octagon since losing to current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk by third round TKO for the title back in June of 2015. Prior to that fight she made a successful Octagon debut against dark horse of the Ultimate Fighters 20th season Randa Markos. Andrade (13-5, 4-3 in UFC) will be making her debut at 115 inside the Octagon following her first seven fights in the Octagon being contested at Bantamweight. Andrade holds victories over Sarah Moras and Raquel Pennington.
UFC 199 takes place on June 4th at the Forum in Inglewood, California and will feature a UFC Middleweight title fight between defending champion Luke Rockhold and former champion Chris Weidman in a rematch of their UFC 194 bout. The card will be co-headlined by a Bantamweight rubber match for the 135 pound belt as Dominick Druz defends his title against long time rival Urijah Faber. The rest of the card features:
Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman (UFC Middleweight championship)
Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber (UFC Bantamweight championship)
Dustin Poirier vs. Bobby Green
BJ Penn vs. Dennis Siver
Clay Guida vs. Brian Ortega
Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard
Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos
Jessica Penne vs. Jessica Andrade
Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic
Jonathan Wilson vs. Luiz Henrique da Silva
Polo Reyes vs. Dong Hyun Kim (Lightweight)
Sean Strickland vs. Tom Breese
John Makdessi vs. Mehdi Baghdad